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Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 | 4 comments

Adventures in Beekeeping

Adventures in Beekeeping

Beekeeping is something that I had been wanting to do for a long time. When I finally got all my supplies and bees, I was over the moon! The whole adventure started when I got my first package and installed it. Putting the bees in the hive on the first day was both scary and exciting. Upon my first inspection, I was able to identify and find the queen in 5 minutes. She is marked with a green dot on her back. I had worried about her all week! Her survival is imperative to the hive. Her only job is to lay eggs. Without her the hive would not flourish. I’ve been keeping a journal and taking photos. A veil and gloves are essential items for a beginner beekeeper’s protection. I absolutely love inspections, I am very curious as to what is going on in the hive. I actually have to hold back because I don’t want to disrupt their work. During the first month, I inspected every 7...

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Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Campaigning for Backyard Chickens in Alexandria

Campaigning for Backyard Chickens in Alexandria

Did you know it’s legal to raise chickens in Del Ray? Legal, that is, if you have a lot large enough for your coop to stand 200 feet from your neighbor’s yard, which pretty much makes everyone who currently has chickens (and yes, there are a few!) in violation of the law. But a movement is gaining steam to modify that ordinance to align with our typical small lot sizes. A group that calls themselves “Hens of Alexandria” has created an online petition as a first step in changing the ordinance. As soon as they get 500 signatures, they’ll deliver the petition to the Alexandria City Council. They’re proposing that they city allow 1 chicken hen per 1,000 square feet of lot size and at least 4 feet from a property line, unless space is shared with a neighboring property of mutual consent. Roosters are not permitted. You can find more information on this campaign on their flyer, such as benefits, concerns, and more facts about backyard chickens. These...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 | 1 comment

Silly or Stern: Signs to Curb Your Dog

Silly or Stern: Signs to Curb Your Dog

Del Ray has a reputation for being very dog friendly. There’s a joke here that if you move to town, you’re issued a dog and a baby. Everyone has to do their part to clean up after their dogs, of course, but many residents here like to post reminders in their yards. We’ve been collecting photos of the many variety of signs around town, some very stern and serious, others playful and cute. Do they work? Opinions...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 | 2 comments

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

Del Ray is a dog friendly neighborhood filled with furry friends. When their owners are busy at work, many are cared for by a dog walker like Stephanie. Stephanie is one of the many dog walkers from DoggyWalker.com. One warm afternoon, Stephanie let me join her on a walk with one of her clients, Mica. Del Ray is filled with places to walk a dog. Stephanie walks along paths, parks, and through neighborhood streets with her clients. She starts at 11 am and continuously picks up dogs throughout the day. What a great way of getting exercise! She spends most her day outside, walking. She walks from seven to eight miles a day (she counts her steps). As she walks, Mica gets a chance to sniff around and meet other dogs. There are plenty of opportunities for Mica to stay hydrated as she walks in dog friendly Del Ray. Being a dog walker is a great career choice for someone who enjoys being outdoors. Stephanie gets to spend her...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 | 0 comments

The Morning Regulars at Simpson Dog Park

The Morning Regulars at Simpson Dog Park

I’m sure that dog parks everywhere have their morning regulars, the people who bring their dogs to the off-leash park at the same time each morning, like clockwork. I often stop for a visit to the Simpson off-leash park with my Star (the dog in a “play bow” in the photo below) after dropping my daughter off at school. We humans enjoy greeting and chatting with each other of course, but the main attraction for all of us is watching our dogs romp and play. We enjoy seeing each pup – large and small – come bounding into the park to meet their friends. There’s Zoe, Alice, Dino, Dakota, Wally, Star Jackson, Puppy, Soba, Sophie, Cash and a few others who weren’t there the day I had my camera –  each one a tried-and-true Simpson Park morning...

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